Inquiry Based Learning


Inquiry Based Learning

Inquiry-based Learning (IBL) is a student-centered, active learning approach focusing on questioning, critical thinking, and problem solving.

"The Core Ingredients of an IBL approach that most researchers are in agreement with are:

  • Learning is stimulated by inquiry, i.e. driven by questions or problems;
  • Learning is based on a process of constructing knowledge and new understanding;
  • It is an 'active' approach to learning, involving learning by doing;
  • A student-centered approach to teaching in which the role of the teacher is to act as a facilitator;
  • A move to self-directed learning with students taking increasing responsibility for their learning; and
  • the development of skills in self-reflection." -(AKO, October 3, 2008)

“Inquiry-based learning is a process where students are involved in their learning, formulate questions, investigate widely and then build new understandings, meanings and knowledge. That knowledge is new to the students and may be used to answer a question, to develop a solution or to support a position or point of view. The knowledge is usually presented to others and may result in some sort of action. Research suggests that using inquiry-based learning with students can help them become more creative, more positive and more independent.” 
-(Alberta Learning, 2006)